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    Storing value in a mutual credit world: Chris Cook

    This is the third in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Today I’m talking with Chris Cook. He was the designer of… Continue reading Storing value in a mutual credit world: Chris Cook Read more

    Food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce: Part 2

    Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 17-Dec-2020 | 0

    From drying and canning to pickling, bottling and more, Ethical.net share a second instalment of food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce throughout the year. Read more

    Building the Credit Commons with Mutual Credit Clubs: Matthew Slater

    This is the second in a series of interviews that will accompany a book I’m writing, that will be published by Chelsea Green – an employee-owned company, and part of the new economy that the book is describing, built around a mutual credit core. Here’s more on the book deal and here’s some introductory information… Continue reading Building the Credit Commons with Mutual Credit Clubs: Matthew Slater Read more

    Two planks – and a bridge – to the new economy

    Dil Green of | 12-Dec-2020 | 1

    This article accompanies and enlarges upon the interview with Dil Green that we published recently, as part of series of articles on a forthcoming book about building a new economy around a mutual credit core. Read more

    Job opportunities with the Ecological Land Cooperative

    There are exciting times ahead for our friends at the Ecological Land Cooperative, as they share news of five new job opportunities. Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more

    Mutual credit clubs: an introduction, with Dil Green

    Dil Green of | 06-Dec-2020 | 9

    Dil Green had the original idea for ‘mutual credit clubs’ that can federate to create a new global trading system. He’s brought together a group of people to form Mutual Credit Services (MCS) to start to build this federation (new website coming soon). Read more

    Food preservation methods to make the most of seasonal produce: Part 1

    Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 02-Dec-2020 | 1

    Keen to make the most of seasonal produce? We learn about the what and why of traditional food preservation methods with Ethical.net, beginning with the humble larder and root cellar. Read more

    Re-cooperativising the Co-op Bank? Shaun Fensom of Save Our Bank

    Shaun Fensom of Save Our Bank | 29-Nov-2020 | 0

    Today I’m talking with Shaun Fensom of ‘Save Our Bank’ – the Co-op Bank, that is. But of course it’s not a co-operative any more, and part of what the group wants to do is to help bring the bank back into co-operative ownership. Read more

    Paid internship opportunity with Vallis Veg for 2021

    Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 25-Nov-2020 | 0

    Our friends at WWOOF UK share news of a 2021 internship opportunity with the fab folks at Vallis Veg in northeast Somerset. Read more

    I’ve got a book deal. I’d like to ask for your advice about how to deliver the message.

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 22-Nov-2020 | 59

    I’ve got a book deal with Chelsea Green, which is quite scary. They like my writing style, but the content needs a bit of translating for a wide audience. The Covid pandemic provided the stimulus to bring together a group of specialists to form ‘Mutual Credit Services’ (new website coming soon). My role is in… Continue reading I’ve got a book deal. I’d like to ask for your advice about how to deliver the message. Read more

    Virtual International Clayfest 2020 – ‘building’ skills and building ‘skills’

    It’s a highlight of the natural building calendar not to be missed. EBUKI share news of this year’s upcoming virtual Clayfest, exploring and celebrating all things earth building on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November 2020. Read more

    Are squirrels or pigeons ‘food’, and should we reintroduce pine martens?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Nov-2020 | 86

    OK, so this isn’t really about squirrels or pigeons – it’s about any animal; we’re back to the veganism vs meat-eating discussion. But just focusing on squirrels and pigeons for the moment, I guess everyone accepts that they are of course food for other animals. They’re in a food chain, after all. Pine martens don’t… Continue reading Are squirrels or pigeons ‘food’, and should we reintroduce pine martens? Read more

    Review: A Complete Guide to Straw Bale Building by Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens

    Sophie Paterson of | 11-Nov-2020 | 2

    Sophie Paterson reviews a valuable new addition to any natural building bookshelf in the form of A Complete Guide to Straw Bale Building by Rikki Nitzkin and Maren Termens, published by Permanent Publications earlier this month. Read more

    CoopCycle Federation: aiming for a bicycle courier co-op in every town

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-Nov-2020 | 0

    Today I’m talking with Claire Stocks of Chorlton Bike Deliveries and Matt Nicholson of York Collective. Both are bicycle courier co-operatives. Read more

    Great ways to reduce plastic use in your home: Part 3 – around the home

    Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 04-Nov-2020 | 0

    Explore how to reduce plastic use in the kitchen, living area, bedroom, bathroom and even the garden, with the help of our friends at Ethical.net. Read more

    Review of ‘A Small Farm Future’ by Chris Smaje

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Nov-2020 | 15

    Industrial agriculture and giant monoculture farms dominate our food sector. But does it have to be that way? Could and should we build a new kind of food system based on small farms? This new book, ‘A Small Farm Future’ published by Chelsea Green, outlines what a post-covid, post-capitalist society might look like, built around… Continue reading Review of ‘A Small Farm Future’ by Chris Smaje Read more

    Great ways to reduce plastic use in your home: Part 2 – cleaning products and toiletries

    Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 28-Oct-2020 | 0

    The second instalment on plastic reduction from Ethical.net takes us through cutting plastic use in our cleaning products and toiletries, with a focus on making your own using the simplest of recipes. Read more

    Are power hierarchies inevitable in human society?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 25-Oct-2020 | 5

    Just to be clear, I’m only talking about institutional, power hierarchies here, not hierarchies based on beauty, knowledge, intelligence, ability, respect etc. Those hierarchies are inevitable, of course, and life would probably be quite boring without them. Read more

    Great ways to reduce plastic use in your home: Part 1 – what and why

    Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 21-Oct-2020 | 1

    Are you struggling to reduce plastic use in your home? In this first instalment from Ethical.net, we learn why we should be aiming to reduce our plastic use, why recycling isn’t enough and how to get started reducing food-related plastic waste. Read more

    Do energy-saving measures actually increase overall energy use?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Oct-2020 | 18

    Having worked in the environmental field for 30 years, I’ve watched the situation get worse every year, to the point that it might already be irreversible, and we don’t know what damage it’s going to do to us, exactly. That’s pretty insane, and so Read more

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